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This Little Prayer of Mine May 11, 2010

Filed under: Book reviews — erikaivory @ 1:34 am

Another cute little book I had the pleasure of reviewing is This Little Prayer of Mine by Anthony DeStefano and illustrated by Mark Elliott.  The pictures are absolutely beautiful.  It is a sweet little book, great for bedtime.  I think my boys will enjoy flipping through and looking at the pictures as much as they will enjoy listening to it.  It pictures a little brother and sister as they pray together before bed.  It deals with handling fears, hopes, disappointments and sin.  Very innocent and sweet.  Would be a great baby gift for a new little one.  I look forward to sharing this with my little guys.

Below you will find a summary of the book as well as the author and illustrator.

And don’t forget you can purchase the book from the Random House website.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Book: This Little Prayer of Mine

Author: Anthony DeStefano, Illustrated by Mark Elliott

Summary: Author Anthony DeStefano’s adult books, The Prayers God Always Says Yes To and A Travel Guide to Heaven, have sold a quarter-million copies. Illustrator Mark Elliott’s cherished artwork has appeared in popular picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine’s ever-popular Princess Tales series.

Now, these acclaimed inspirational experts have come together to create This Little Prayer of Mine, a beautiful and alluring book designed to guide children into a very simple, real and expressive relationship with God.

Through engaging  rhymes and alluring illustrations, This Little Prayer of Mine shows children—and their parents and grandparents—that complete dependence on God is what brings peace and fulfillment. It invites children to know and believe that God is always  just a simple prayer away and that He longs to respond to them with a resounding, “Yes!”

This Little Prayer of Mine appeals to readers from all different faiths. Easy-reader format allows children to read alone, or with someone older, and encourages them to openly express their fears, thanks, and needs directly to God.

Cover art:

Author Bio:

Anthony DeStefano is the author of The Prayers God Always Says Yes To and A Travel Guide to Heaven. He has received prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture.

Mark Elliott’s brilliant illustrations have appeared in popular picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine’s Princess Tales series. His acclaimed artwork delivers inspiration, wonder, and timeless beauty on every page.


Down to business

Filed under: Book reviews — erikaivory @ 1:25 am
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I really do have some good posts floatin’ around in my brain but I have been horrible about posting on time to review the books that I have been blessed with.  Time is flying by so I want to post about some of these great books:)

I read another book last year by Allison K. Pittman and thoroughly enjoyed it so I was excited to jump into The Bridegrooms by Pittman as well.  The story is about 4 sisters and their altered lives after their mother mysteriously walks out of their lives when they are very young.  A strange incident involving a baseball team, an mysterious unconscious man and an imposing stranger with a secret that could change their lives are all elements that are woven together in this humorous but emotional story.

The characters are interesting and quite unique but likable.  The largest mystery revolving around their mother’s disappearance keeps a cloud of intrigue floating throughout the book but their are many subplots.  It is a happy book yet touches on some very deep topics.  It has a spiritual element but that is very light and mostly indirect.

I enjoyed the book.  I am hoping their will be a sequel because I was left with some unanswered questions and am anxious to see what becomes of some of the relationships and situations.  I look forward to reading more of Allison K. Pittman’s work and hope she keeps them coming!

Below you will find a summary from the book cover:

Tragedy hits the Allenhouse family on a hot summer night in Ohio when a mother of four vanished. Eight-year-old Vada virtually grew up overnight and raised her three younger sisters while her father lost himself in his medical practice in the basement of their home.

Now, Vada is a grown woman, still making her home with her father and sisters. Her days are spent serving as an errand girl for Cleveland’s fledgling amateur orchestra; her evenings with Garrison Walker, her devoted, if passionless, beau.

Dizzying change occurs the day the Brooklyn Bridegrooms come to town to play the Cleveland Spiders and a line drive wallops the head of a spectator. The fan is whisked to the Allenhouse parlor, and questions swirl about the anonymous, unconscious man.

Suddenly, the subdued house is filled with visitors, from a flirtatious, would-be sports writer to the Bridegrooms’ handsome star hitter to the guilt-ridden ballplayer who should have caught the stray shot. The medical case brings Dr. Allenhouse a frustration and helplessness he hasn’t felt since his wife’s disappearance. Vada’s sisters are giddy at the bevy of possible suitors. And Vada’s life is awakened amid the super-charged atmosphere of romantic opportunity.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.